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7 June - 26 July

Zoo Nights is back!

Every Friday from 7 June to 26 July 2024, London Zoo will open from 6pm - 10pm, just for adults (18+)! As the sun goes down, join us after hours to see the Zoo in a whole new light without the kids or the crowds. 

Tickets are just £21.50, that's a whole 4 hours of Zoo time for 30% less than a standard day ticket.


Grab yourself a tipple from one of our pop-up watering holes and explore the Zoo at dusk. It’s the best time of the day to see some of our animals, as many of them become more active in the evening. Plus, experience some of the rarest and most unique reptiles and amphibians on Earth in our brand-new exhibit The Secret Life of Reptiles and Amphibians.

Find out what our animals really get up to after dark with a Birds and The Bees guided tour*, then learn more about their bathroom habits with The Origin of the Faeces exhibition! 

Why not make the evening extra special with a glass of bubbly overlooking our black and white flippered friends at Penguin Beach?* 

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, discover our Wild Bites street food market serving up fantastic flavours from across the globe. Packed with some of London’s finest pop-ups, there’s plenty of choice for herbivores and carnivores. 

A hand scatters a crunchy brown topping onto a packed food box filled with vibrant red chillies, green spring onions, rice and a glossy brown sauce.
A man and a woman stand taking a selfie with their champagne glasses in front of the cool blue penguin pool at London Zoo on a summer's evening

Chill out on the lawns and enjoy your food, surrounded by relaxing music and our incredible animals. And of course, our Zoo shop will be open late for all those must-have purchases and mementos.

If one evening isn’t enough, you can stay the night in the London Zoo lodges* sleeping within a whisker of the lions and spend the following day exploring the Zoo along with a private morning tour.

Zoo Nights is the most unmissable event of the summer and tickets are now live! 


On 28 June visitors to Zoo Nights will experience our Pride takeover! Further details will be released soon. 

Please note: Our animals have varying bedtimes throughout the evening but most animals’ bedtimes at Zoo Nights will be from 9pm onwards. We strongly advise arriving with enough time to make the most of the evening and see our animals before they wind down for bed.

*Additional charges apply. For the best prices, book your upgrades online in advance. 

Zoo Nights VIP Sleepover

Upgrade your visit to Zoo Nights by taking part in one of London’s most exclusive sleepovers!

Our VIP sleepover allows you to enjoy all the fun of Zoo Nights, without having to go home! Stay over at the zoo in our en-suite lodges, right in the heart of Land of the Lions. In the morning you will get to enjoy a buffet breakfast, and then an exclusive tour before the zoo opens.

Included in this experience: 

  • A complimentary drink upon arrival
  • An overnight stay in a private lodge - double or twin bed, en-suite, complimentary toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities 
  • A buffet breakfast
  • One exclusive tour in the morning after breakfast 
  • Entry to our Zoo Nights adults-only event
  • Dinner vouchers for our onsite food vendors
  • Free entry into London Zoo for two days either side of your night's stay. You are also welcome to visit Whipsnade Zoo on your second day
  • Free car parking (this is valid upon showing ticket confirmation at car park entrance)
  • Exclusive 15% discount on animal experiences
  • 10% discount in the gift shop

Please note that this experience is different to our regular London Zoo Lodges experience and only what is stated above is included.

What last year's visitors said

  • Cannot recommend this night enough! Had such an amazing time seeing all the animals (with no kids around!) and the atmosphere was great.
  • Food was excellent, atmosphere fun, loads of happy friendly people. Saw loads of animals before their bedtime and it was nice to wander around the zoo when some of the animals were a bit more active than they are in the daytime.
  • We absolutely loved the evening! It was such a refreshing change to visit a zoo without children. The atmosphere was so calm and peaceful, and everyone could enjoy the zoo, letting out their inner child. Excellent experience!
Group taking a selfie in front of giant #LondonZoo sign
Couple watching penguin swimming in penguin beach pool

Frequently asked questions

How long will the event last?

Gates will open for Zoo Nights at 6pm, with last entry at 9pm. The event will finish at 10pm. 

Zoo Nights tickets do not include entry to the Zoo during the day.

Are Zoo Nights tickets included in my membership?

As this is a special event, members will need to book Zoo Nights tickets separately in advance. Entry is not included as part of the Gold or Silver membership packages.

Can I use Universal Credit tickets for Zoo Nights?

Unfortunately because Zoo Nights is a special ticketed event, Universal Credit tickets cannot be used for Zoo Nights admissions. 

What are the animal bedtimes?

Our animals have varying bedtimes throughout the evening, starting from 8.30pm onwards. We strongly advise arriving with enough time to make the most of the evening and see our animals before they wind down for bed.

All animal habitats will close at 9.00pm, apart from:
Rainforest & Lemurs – 8.30pm
Blackburn Pavilion – 8.30pm
Penguins – 9.30pm
Secret Life of Reptiles – 9.30pm
Tiny Giants – 9.30pm
Gorilla Kingdom – Please check the time at the entrance of gorillas.

How can I attend the event with my carer?

For visitors needing to attend the event with a carer, entry is free for one carer. As capacities are strictly limited for this event, please email [email protected] ahead of your visit along with your supporting documentation so that we can secure a place for your essential carer. This can be:

  • Disability Allowance Letter
  • PIP letter
  • Freedom pass
  • Any other appropriate supporting documentation as issued by your local authority.
Can I hire a mobility aid at the event?

If you would like to book a wheelchair or mobility scooter for Zoo Nights event please email [email protected] ahead of your visit so we can arrange this for you. Whilst mobility aids can be hired on site on the day, we only have a limited number available, so we'd recommend you email to secure one in advance of your visit. Prices for hiring mobility aids can be found on our accessibility page under the dropdown 'Hiring Mobility Aids'. 

I have a question or problem regarding my tickets. Who should I contact?

You can contact the SEE customer service using the London Zoo customer service portal (you’ll need your booking reference number):

Will there be a Zoo Nights Pride takeover this year?

Yes! Our Zoo Nights event on 28 June will be a Pride takeover night. More details about the Pride takeover and activities will be released on this page soon. 

What time do the animal talks take place?

Our animal talks will take place every Friday throughout the evening at the following times:

6:30     Penguin Talk
6:30     Lion Talk
7:00     Rainforest Talk
7:00     Otter and Dwarf Mongoose Talk
7:30     Penguin Talk
7:30     Giraffe Talk
8:00     Tiger Talk
8:00     Lion Talk
8:30     Galapagos Tortoise Talk
8:30     Giraffe Talk

How long do the champagne and tour upgrades last?

Our Champagne experience upgrade lasts for 30 minutes and you'll get one glass of fizz (or non-alcoholic alternative) per person. Tickets must be booked in pairs. 

Our Birds and The Bees tour upgrade lasts for approximately 30 minutes. 

Can I bring in food and drink to Zoo Nights?

Drinks and liquids cannot be brought into the Zoo at Zoo Nights. You may be asked to empty your bottle at the gate but there are water refill stations in the Zoo (look out for the water drop sign on the maps). 

Visitors can bring their own food into the Zoo but we also have a fantastic array of street food vendors on site, especially for Zoo Nights.

How old do I have to be to attend Zoo Nights?

Zoo Nights is an adult only event, therefore all ticket holders must be 18 years or older. If you're lucky enough to look under 25, we might check for proof of age on the gate, so please make sure you bring a form of ID with you.